Former Pakati student profile 1 – meet Lucia Mazake

Luciz Mazake

I was born in 1976, in a town called Gokwe, Zimbabwe where I grew up, and in my early years I went to Primary school there. I later moved away from Gokwe, and found myself then attending Pakati Secondary school, from 1990 to 1993.

During my time at Pakati I can remember a number of teachers, including the Headmaster Mr Samakomva.. My favourite subject was Agriculture, the teacher was Mr Gororo. What was unusual for the school was that a number of teachers came to work at Pakati from the UK, including Miss Ison, Miss Chadbon, Miss Beattie and Mr Walker. We were surprised but delighted that they came to teach in such a poor rural school such as ours.

I can also remember a number of former schoolmates, such as Philomen Hove ( an actor in school dramas like myself ), also Wilbert Hondo, Kennedy Chanetsa and Learnmore Njenje, plus Edwick Nyakujara, Lucy Tagumirwa, Juliana Chiroodza and Hatipedzi Tsinya.

Unfortunately I was unable to complete my Form 4 ( O levels, final year ) due to family circumstances, as my ( single ) mother who took care of me became sick. I do have a lot to admire at my former school, and I am glad to have been reminded of this by Mr Walker!

The people in the Pakati area are very hard working and are lovely to be amongst. Even though they are in a remote area they try very hard to make a better life for themselves and their children. They do this by means of education and a lot of effort in their working lives as subsistence farmers.

I was married to the father of my two children, but divoced sone years ago when they were still quuie young. I am now working in Capetown as a maid to a white family.

Lucia’s children, the boy is in Form 3, the girl is at University


My name is Chris Walker, and between January 1989 and September 1991 I worked, through VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), at Pakati Secondary School in Murehwa South district in Zimbabwe. I was a Maths teacher for 2 years, the Acting Head for the last 8 months there. I have also taught in Botswana & the UK, had 4 years working for VSO, and have been a Civil Servant in Bradford since 2005.

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